Sail south to Stanley! The Hong Kong seaside ‘burb’ is far from sleepy – it’s been busy freshening up recently with some great new places. From a slew of breezy cafes, coffee shops, and florists to several neat boutiques filled with super chic kids’ wear and toys that even adults can’t keep their hands off, it is time to get involved southside style. What are you waiting for?
Classified, Shop G08A, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong. +852 2563 3454, www.classifiedfoodshops.com.hk.
Flower power in the heart of the market. Be it florals to brighten up the dinner table or a Mother’s Day bouquet, this neighbourhood florist has it all. Got your hands full, or sending it to daddy’s office? Fret not, they deliver.
Stanley Flower Shop, 434A Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong. +852 2813 0624.
Can't get enough of Stanley? We don't blame you. Pack your bags for a stylish staycation in the chic rooms of Stanley Oriental. Enjoy the floor-to-ceiling ocean views, (some rooms have balconies) and all rooms are equipped with kitchenettes and WiFi. The market and plaza are at your doorstep.
Stanley Oriental Hotel, 90B Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong. +852 2899 1688, www.stanleyorientalhotel.com.hk.
Be it a dramatic colour-change, a routine mani, waxing or threading, Spur has it all, including loads of earth-friendly Aveda products. Get the kiddies in for well-priced haircuts too - if they're under 11 years old, it's just HK$120 and teens under 16 get 20% off full-price. Snip away!
Spur, Shop 302, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong. +852 2813 4298.
Get a taste of US grocery shopping from this supermarket, with brands that are hard to find in Hong Kong including diapers, laundry detergents, treats and eats all imported in their full American-sized glory. With free delivery anywhere on the island with spending over HK$800, you won't have to worry about lugging it all back. They also have two stores in Central. Yippee!
A&M, Shop 209, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong. +852 3489 0405, www.anmstores.com.
A one-stop retail paradise for children's and babies' overruns and sample clothing at hard-to-beat prices. When hunger strikes, be sure to stop into Lucy's, the delicious go-to resto hidden inside the market, which is kid-friendly and has a healthy kids menu. Simply delicious!
Stanley Market, website.
Lucy's, 64 Stanbley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong. +852 2813 9055.
One for the water babies - be it windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), Aqua-bound has it all. You can rent equipment and hire a boat, and if it's your first time or those knees are jiggly, sign up for a class.
Aqua-Bound Centre, Stanley Beach Road, Hong Kong, +852 8211 3876, www.aquabound.com.hk.